Where to Stay in Northern Virginia
Whether you are looking for historic properties (and it doesn’t get more historic than Virginia!) or cozy bed and breakfasts, you can find it all in this part of the US. We certainly did.
STAY in Alexandria, Virginia
THE MORRISON HOUSE in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia
Morrison House a 4-diamond property in Alexandria
Alexandria is absolutely charming, from its cobblestoned streets to its historic row houses, so why not stay in a boutique hotel just as characteristic. The Morrison House is just such a place. The Morrison is actually part of the Marriott’s Autograph Collection of properties, which are unique, exclusive hotels that have a much more intimate vibe than their larger hotels – something we loved. From a complimentary glass of bubbly offered to us one afternoon (‘just because they had some on hand’) to the cozy room itself, this hotel felt like it welcomed us with open arms.
Our Room at the Morrison was cozy and comfortable
The other thing that is perfect about the Morrison House is its location: steps from main street with its boutiques, restaurants and cafes, this makes a perfect base for exploring everything Alexandria offers.
STAY in Haymarket
THE INN AT EVERGREEN, Haymarket, Virginia
Haymarket is in Prince William County, which is known for its historic civil war sites where some of the most important battles were fought. So what better place to stay than in an original civil war-era mansion that has been lovingly restored into an elegant boutique hotel. This is the Inn at Evergreen.
Each of the 11 suites at the Evergreen boasts unique decor, some with pastel colours and romantic furniture, others with elaborate millwork, and there’s even one located in what was originally the mansion’s kitchen, complete with fireplace and kettle.
But every suite offers the highest standard of luxury. It’s no surprise that this property is popular for weddings and books up most weekends, as the country setting is absolutely beautiful as well. Lucky for us, we were visiting during the week, and got to enjoy all the mansion had to offer, including the lovely breakfast room where we enjoyed eggs benedict while admiring the views.
STAY in Waterford, Virginia
WHEATLAND SPRING B&B, Waterford Virginia
This cozy cottage with a bedroom loft is on a beautiful property in Loudon County
This pretty standalone cottage couldn’t be more welcoming, with its country-chic decor, plank flooring and comfy upstairs bedroom loft with ensuite. If that isn’t enough, the owners also provide plenty of snacks and nibbles in the fully equipped kitchen, and in the morning you can look forward to a basket of locally-sourced goodies that they provide for breakfast.
The upstairs loft has an ensuite as well.
TIP: The stairs to the loft are a bit steep, so leave your bags below and just take what you need upstairs.
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Jane Canapini is a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada and the North American Travel Journalists Association. She established GrownupTravels.com in 2014 to share information and tips based on personal experience so her readers could get the most out of their travels.